A-ICE joined over 250 engineers, operators, scientists and academics from 24 nations at this yearâ€™s NATO Industry Forum Workshop in Virginia Beach (VA) in October. The Fall 2018 edition of the workshop, named TIDE (Think-Tank for Information Decision and Execution) Sprint, was hosted in Norfolk (VA), it provided a platform for A-ICE once again to contribute to improving interoperability between NATOâ€™s people, processes and technology.
TIDE Sprint activities were concentrated into 11 specialist subject areas; and A-ICEâ€™s efforts concentrated on the Logistics â€˜trackâ€™, where our innovative ideas were totally focused on supporting the NATO main principles of standardization, interoperability and cost benefit.
As a result, several projects have been identified for further development, with the aim of modernizing logistics command-and-control (C2) coordination, supply and services, medics and military engineering processes.
In considering the area of sustainment within logistics, there was deep investigation of some state-of-the-art technologies, such as Big Data, blockchain, 3D printing, autonomous systems and augmented reality (AR).
A-ICE separately underlined the importance of taking into account complementary areas, such as deployment, and paying particular attention to critical aspects of transportation operations and the need – from both an operational and economical point of view – to optimize them through innovative solutions.
A workshop dedicated to transportation operations, their optimization and prioritization, will be implemented at the next TIDE Sprint event in 2019, which will be held in Split, Croatia in the week of March 25, 2019.
More details on the event are available on the NATO ACT website at https://www.act.nato.int/tide-sprint.